Trump Attacks McConnell Day After Claims Of Unity

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump attacked Senate Majority Mitch McConnell on Twitter Thursday, a day after the two leaders put out statements attesting to their unity.

The president attacked McConnell and Ryan in one pair of tweets for not raising the debt ceiling, and singled out McConnell in another tweet for not being able to pass health care reform.

“I requested that Mitch M & Paul R tie the Debt Ceiling legislation into the popular V.A. Bill (which just passed) for easy approval,” Trump tweeted. “They didn’t do it so now we have a big deal with Dems holding them up (as usual) on Debt Ceiling approval. Could have been so easy-now a mess!”

He later wrote, “The only problem I have with Mitch McConnell is that, after hearing Repeal & Replace for 7 years, he failed!That should NEVER have happened!”

Trump has repeatedly critiqued McConnell for not passing health care reform, and the New York Times reported Tuesday that the two men’s relationship has soured to a point where they had a “profane” shouting match over the phone.

The White House and McConnell both rebutted this story through statements Wednesday. “President Donald J. Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell remain united on many shared priorities, including middle class tax relief, strengthening the military, constructing a southern border wall, and other important issues,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

While McConnell stated: “The President and I, and our teams, have been and continue to be in regular contact about our shared goals. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and we are committed to advancing our shared agenda together and anyone who suggests otherwise is clearly not part of the conversation.”